How Coughing Causes Low Back Pain (and what to do about it)

How Coughing Causes Low Back Pain (and what to do about it)


if you find that coughing flares or
exacerbates low back pain then in this video you’re going to learn why that is
and how you can avoid that in the future hey what’s up it’s Coach E here from
precision movement and today I want to answer a question that I received from
one of my customers of spine control and they’re asking why does coughing cause
my low back pain or my low back to hurt and there’s a few different reasons for
this the first thing you’ve got to understand is not all low back pain is
created the same so there’s different people have different things that flare
their low back and there’s three major categories of that one is flexion
dysfunction which is any type of flexion movements whether it’s staying in a
flexed posture repeated flexion over time or lifting something super heavy
with the flexed spine that’s one that one those activities when those
movements irritate the low back that’s known as flush and just wash another is
extension dysfunction so it’s the opposite of flexion dysfunction any
movements or positions where the spine is an extension it could be standing
it could be walking it could be lifting with a may be squatting with a very
extended spine if those types of movements tend to exacerbate or cause
low back pain for you then extension dysfunction is what’s what is identified
for you finally there’s compression distortion so this is where it’s
straight up compression which is the force even without any weights or
anything it’s the force of gravity acting on my spine pushing it down
together if that’s irritating for you then compression dysfunction is it and
there are a few different things that we can do for either a flexion extension or
compression dysfunction to mitigate the effects of coughing on
so what is that so first of all when you cough
most people go into flexion when they cough so your cough the abdominals
engage and it’s just that subtle movement right there because the
abdominals are flexors of the spine so this typically irritates people with
flexion dysfunction more than any of the others because if you have extension
dysfunction and you go into flexion that’s actually going to relieve some of
the pressure off the part of the disc or the ligament or tissue that is irritated
if you’ve got compression dysfunction then any type of strong muscular
contraction of the torso muscles could irritate your spine so here’s quick tips
to get away from that if you have flexion dysfunction and you’re coughing
get up tall so get into a little bit of extension and cough from there okay so if
you’re sitting down you’re gonna want to stick your hand behind your back get
into extension lean back and then call from there and that’s gonna eliminate
the possibility of coughing causing problems if you have compression
dysfunction than any type of strong abdominal contractions may irritate you if they cause more compression of the spine so
to mitigate for that one technique that I recommend is place your hands on your
hips on the pelvic bones and push up but allow your shoulders to shrug and cough
from there so what you’re doing is you’re creating length through the spine
which when you cough you’re gonna have less compression on the irritated
tissues so if it’s a disc for example that’s in your lumbar spine that’s
irritated and every time excess compression is going through that disk
it hurts then lengthening the spine will minimize
or eliminate the compression from the coughing okay so that is the basics behind
why coughing can irritate the spine and how you can avoid if you do have a cough
and you have low back pain how you can avoid flaring up your low back more so
because of your cough if you don’t know what
the root cause of your low back pain is then I’ve created an assessment for you
that you can walk through at the link you’ll see at the end of this video or
in the description and in this assessment we’re gonna determine through
a series of tests and questions whether you have flexion extension or
compression dysfunction so if you’re not sure of what the root cause is follow
that link take the assessment and we’ll help you identify what might be the
irritating movements to your spine and how you go about avoiding them and then
healing your spine so those movements no longer irritate you in the future all
right so check that out and get your diagnosis it’s not a medical diagnosis
I’m not a doctor I’m just some dude on the internet but check it out get your
identify what it is that’s the root cause and then you can work from there

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